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posticon Village Playground To Be Replaced

Around Town | Friday, August 26, 2016 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Village Play StructureThe Lansing Village Community Park on Uptown Road is getting a new play structure this summer, after Superintendent of Public Works John Courtney told Village trustees last week that the existing structure is unsafe.  Village Trustee Ronny Hardaway says the old play structure will be removed within the next few weeks, and Village officials expect a new play structure, expected to cost over $30,000, to be installed next Spring or early summer.

"I think it's a severe liability to leave it up," Courtney told Trustees at their August 15th meeting.  "It's bittersweet -- we hate so see anything go without some kind of a replacement.  We didn't have anything in the budget, though."

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posticon Next Jennaration Dancers Win At National Championship

Around Town | Friday, August 26, 2016 | By Jessie-Emma Allinger Print
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nextjennaration nationals120The Next Jennaration Dance Company attended Starpower National Championships 23rd-27th in Ocean City, Maryland and not only excelled in all age categories but won the 'National Entertainment Award'.

The Next Jennaration dancers came home with several first place and high scoring trophies.  All dances lead by Jenna Stickel, the studios owner, director and lead choreographer were awarded the highest score of 5 stars.  The studio placed 10 dances in the competition's final show at The Battle of the Stars. These 10 dances were also awarded Golden Tickets (automatic bids into the World Dance Championships) held later in 2016.

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posticon Managing Editor Hired At Tompkins Weekly

Around Town | Friday, August 26, 2016 | By Vizella Media Print
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tompkinsweeklyA new managing editor has recently taken the helm of Tompkins Weekly. Rob Montana, with 15 years of experience in community journalism, has recently taken the reins from longtime managing editor Jay Wrolstad. Montana has worked for two daily newspapers and as a freelance writer for The Ithaca Journal, as well as served as managing editor for The Ithaca Times for five years.

"I can't think of a better, more qualified person than Rob Montana to oversee editorial content into our second decade." stated Vizella Media's Todd Mallinson, who is publisher of Tompkins Weekly. "Rob understands the complexity and charm of Tompkins County and he also has an innate passion for community journalism. With football season nearing, we're pleased to have a Montana as our quarterback."

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posticon Steve Manley Joins IPEI as Executive Director

Around Town | Friday, August 26, 2016 | By Mary Grainger Print
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ipeiManleyThe Board of Directors of IPEI announced that Steven Manley is its new executive director. He brings classroom teaching experience, dynamic leadership, team-building expertise, and a keen understanding of IPEI's impact.

"We are thrilled to have someone with Steve's combination of experiences and level of commitment to educational outcomes join our organization," said IPEI Board President Matthew Braun. "He is an innovative educator who has developed connections with community partners to enhance his students' learning experiences."

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posticon Schiele Named Rotarian Of The Year

Around Town | Friday, August 26, 2016 | By Kelly Buck Print
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rotaryclub 120Ted Schiele has been named Rotarian of the Year for 2015-16 by the Rotary Club of Ithaca. The award is given every June in honor of an active club member who exemplifies the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self."

Schiele was chosen for the honor by outgoing Rotary co-president Jean McPheeters, who said "I nominated Ted primarily because of the excellence of our weekly e-newsletter. Good communication is critical for an organization, particularly one that was as unusual as ours was last year. We had five co-presidents, so having a newsletter with a consistent, coherent and fun message was absolutely fundamental. I was always amused by the writing and entertained by the quirkiness, but also learned a lot about the meetings I missed."

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posticon Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Collection Station Proves Popular

Around Town | Friday, August 26, 2016 | By Geoff Dunn Print
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solidwaste fog120In the first three months since the Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Center added a collection station for liquid cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG), nearly 275 gallons of material have been dropped off by residents.

The FOG collection station is part of the newly redesigned food scraps drop spot at the facility at 160 Commercial Avenue in Ithaca. It allows residents easy access to properly dispose of their household cooking oils, animal fats and grease in an environmentally safe manner while diverting it from the local water supply.

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posticon Downtown Ithaca Launches Student Welcome Weekend

Around Town | Friday, August 26, 2016 | By The Downtown Ithaca Alliance Print
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ithaca state120Each year, thousands of new college students come to Ithaca, but only a few of them may be aware of the activities, services, shopping, dining, and culture that exists beyond the college campus walls or Collegetown.

To boost the freshmen and transfer students' awareness of life at the bottom of the hill, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) is partnering with Ithaca College, Cornell University and Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) to host its first-ever welcome weekends, two consecutive activity-packed Saturday afternoons designed to acquaint college students with downtown.

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posticon Within Reach - Thoughts On Maine

Around Town | Friday, August 26, 2016 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reach Maine has always meant lobster to me, but little else. Maybe LL Bean, but it just wasn't on my radar. It is now.

Driving through the madness that is Massachusetts into the semi madness of New Hampshire was expected. What was NOT expected was that when we crossed the border into Maine, everything became  - well - friendly.

Weird, huh!

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posticon Dear Margaret - Excluded from the Family

Around Town | Friday, August 26, 2016 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: Every few weeks my husband and I get together with his siblings to play cards. After five years of marriage and several card parties, my sisters-in-law still give me the cold shoulder. They engage in topics of conversations in which I know nothing about thereby excluding me from participating. I feel invisible. I've done everything I can think of to ingratiate myself with them. I've given them little gifts, complimented them at every chance, and always remember their birthdays and anniversaries. It is hurtful and my husband and I usually end up arguing on the way home about their behavior. I want to be a part of this family and they continually hurt my feelings. We spend time with other friends and this never happens. What more can I do to feel a part of this family?
Excluded from the Family

 

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posticon Today's Green Minute

Around Town | Tuesday, February 01, 2011 | By -Staff Print
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Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces," which has been enjoyed by television audiences for over nine years.  Today's Green Minute was born as Jim was doing research for a magazine series. He discovered the wealth of innovation being generated in the green world and set out to write a weekly newspaper column. An audio podcast version soon followed, and now video.  One of the things The Lansing Star is proud of is that we are a green, electronic newspaper.  You don't even have to recycle the Star.  This feature offers more on how to make your world greener.  Every few weeks a new episode will be added so check back often.

Click here to view Today's Green Minute.